How Facility Maintenance Helps With Cleaning Duties
Contributed by Servi-Tek Solutions
A solid, presentable and clean building is the backbone of any customer-facing business. Employees are more efficient when they have a hygienic and safe working environment. It also avoids costly breakdowns that can impact the bottom line. This is where building maintenance comes in handy. From the very concrete of the foundation to the metal roofs and glass exterior, facility managers and building owners need to make sure everything is as it should be.
Why facility maintenance is important
Your building may get bogged down with expensive repairs or be unsafe if not properly repaired or maintained. Timely maintenance and facility checks ensure that you don’t have to worry about your building. Periodic inspection and preventive maintenance are key to a safe building. Routine facility maintenance refers to any task performed on a continuous or scheduled basis to identify and prevent problems before they cause total equipment failure.
Regular inspections and maintenance work are some of the common maintenance tasks. These can be done on a usage-based schedule or on a time-based schedule. These tasks are usually simple and do not require any specialized equipment or skills. However, it is recommended to retain the services of professionals to ensure that the job is done properly.
Why plant maintenance should be done regularly
Property maintenance is a simple and easy to implement method of improving the overall infrastructure. Large commercial buildings with certified facility managers should especially consider hiring commercial maintenance technicians. This allows maintenance managers to focus their resources and attention on other important tasks, such as predictive and preventive maintenance.
However, facility managers should hire professionals with the proper certifications and credentials from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). This will ensure that routine work orders are carried out in a way that does not disturb building occupants.
Here are some benefits of facility maintenance:
- Reduced equipment downtime and resulting repairs
- Increased life expectancy of assets, such as HVAC systems
- Better resource conservation
- Reduced risk of premature replacement of equipment and machinery
- More economical use of maintenance workers who perform tasks on a scheduled basis instead of an accident basis
- Reduced overtime
- Decreased large-scale repairs due to timely repairs
- Improvement of quality and safety conditions for all actors
List of maintenance tasks to perform
These are a few tasks that should be included in any maintenance program, whether for industrial maintenance or residential buildings. The checklist also ensures compliance with OSHA standards:
General building and interior
- Check the condition of the walls, ceilings and floors
- Look for plumbing issues, such as water damage, flooding, or leaks in ceilings and bathrooms.
- Check all door locks
- Make sure stairs and ramps are not loose
- Exits should be marked with additional signs wherever necessary
- Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
- Change the batteries if necessary
- Perform pest inspections, pest control and treatments
- Corridors should be free of large objects and litter
- Check for tripping hazards throughout the building
- Walk the perimeter of the building to look at the common areas
- Check the condition of the windows and look for any that might be broken
- Clear the roof and gutters of debris
- Clean debris and trash from building lots
- Check the condition of landscaping, parking lots and sidewalks
- Fill all major cracks and potholes
- Look at the condition of the coating and exterior paint
- Check the patio and deck for loose railings or rot
- Test sprinkler system and fire alarm system
- Test the alarm system
- Check for electrical issues, such as loose light fixtures or wires
- Schedule a more complete inspection with professionals
- Check maintenance schedules for HVAC units and boilers
- Check air conditioning and ventilation systems
Maximize the value of your assets
Timely maintenance plays an important role in maximizing real estate value. This goes for all building structures, including office buildings, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities, among others. There’s no better way to ensure your building looks presentable and inviting than by scheduling routine maintenance.
Building owners don’t need to budget for emergency repairs since maintained equipment fails less frequently. It will also help increase the life of the equipment. The HVAC and boiler unit is one of the most important investments in any building. Maintenance contributes in particular to prolonging the life of this asset. Your equipment will be more efficient and help reduce utility bills in addition to reducing repair costs.
The value of preventive maintenance
It’s normal for things to start to wear out over time. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure their efficiency and functioning. Preventive maintenance aims to anticipate problems that can go wrong in a facility and fix them before they turn into major and costly repairs. You should create a detailed checklist of everything that needs to be checked if you are implementing a preventive maintenance program or revising existing training programs.
The value of preventive maintenance is especially visible in electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. They also improve the general appearance of the building by involving the cleanliness and general conditions of the building. Facility managers can create a preventative maintenance checklist based on the items and equipment that need to be inspected. It’s easy to stay on top of repairs and maintenance when you have a checklist in place.
Here are some ways preventative maintenance can add value to your facility:
- Preventative maintenance can extend equipment life and reduce downtime
- It can reduce the need for emergency repairs and reactive maintenance
- Assets and equipment can operate in peak condition with routine maintenance. This translates to fewer breakdowns, increased profitability, better productivity and improved safety.